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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,660 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Ford Explorer seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 132005

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles


The contact purchased a used vehicle on a warranty. She discovered the rear seat belt buckle assemblies were broken. Also, the front seats did not recline properly. She took the vehicle to a dealer. No repairs have been made at this time.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #6

May 012005

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles
Driver's side back seat belt latch broke. On June 1, 2005. Caller said the other two seat belt latches broke about a year ago and caller had them fixed. Also, she low beam iwasnot working. She had it checked at a repair shop and was told they could not find what was wrong with it. Dealer and manufacturer have not been contacted yet.

- Festus, MO, USA

problem #5

Apr 082004

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,522 miles
Consumer noticed two rear seat belts didn't hold the passengers in the seats. Dealer notified. Dealer said that the continued pressure from the child seat caused the damage.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #4

Jun 232003

Explorer 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,100 miles


1998 Ford Explorer left rear passenger safety belt release device that you put the seat belt into broke. I had my 1 year old daughter in her childseat correctly belted behind me in the left rear seat. I came to a normal stop, the heard belt click and turn around noticed it had come out of the buckle assembly. I pulled over and put the childseat and my daughter into the right rear seat. If I had come to a harder stop, or even a crash, my one and only daughter could have been killed. As of today, capital city Ford has not received my new buckle assemby. They called me in once sayinf the part was in. After 1 1/2 hours in the waiting room, I was told that they ordered the wrong part and that they needed to order the new one. I was then told that it would take some time because of the holidays. I called on Monday, July 07, 2003 and was told that the part was not in that I will be called when in it comes in. This means that no one can safely sit and ride in my 1998 Ford exlporer in the left rear passenger seat. As you can tell I am perturbbed with this situation and would like it resolved asap. And to make things worse, my time and money are not going to be compensated. Question" are 1998 Ford Explorer left rear passenger seat belt buckle assembly parts designed to fail after 78000 miles???"

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #3

Apr 012003

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
1998 Ford Explorer. The rear passenger side seat belt won't retract. It has already been replaced once, while under warranty, and now the replacement is doing the same thing. Of course it is no longer under warranty and the cost will be around $300. Also, cd exchanger has already been replaced once and is broken again.

- Dryden, MI, USA

problem #2

Feb 011999


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The consumer state's the rear seat belt's are broken and the dealer is aware of the problem.

- Oshkosh, WI, USA

problem #1

Mar 151999

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Back seat belt continues to twist, causing seabelt to get stuck inside seat belt mechanism. Replacing the seat belt mechanism will ultimately result in same problem due to design failure. Apparently, plastic holder too large which allows seat belt to twist.

- Lakeville, MN, USA

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